Certan de May 2018


This perfectly situated 5.5 hectare property lies directly opposite Vieux Chateau Certan and close to l'Evangile, La Conseillante, Petrus and Le Pin. There is no doubt that when they get it right here they are capable of producing Pomerol of the highest quality. However quality was rather hit and miss in the past. The good news is that legendary Pomerol winemaker Jean-Claude Berrouet has been overseeing the winemaking since 2013. The vineyard is planted with 70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. A new second wine - Croix de Certan - is now being produced.


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Tasting Notes

A bright ruby colour in the glass, this is fresh and juicy on the nose with cool red cherries, hedgerow fruit and delicate savoury spices. The palate is soft, smooth and supple, with refined tannins gently framing a core of fresh red fruits. Lightly spicy and savoury with a touch of new oak toastiness, this is elegant and medium bodied. A fragrant, silky finish suggests this will favour early drinking once bottled.

Score: 16Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, April 2019

The 2018 Certan de May is composed of 70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, it sings of red cherry compote, redcurrant jelly and black raspberries with nuances of potpourri, fallen leaves, tapenade and cinnamon toast plus a waft of cigar box. The palate is medium to full-bodied with a wonderfully plush texture and seamless freshness supporting the generous fruit, finishing long with a spicy kick.

Score: 93/95Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (April 2019), April 2019

The finesse and density to this young Pomerol is certainly impressive with gorgeous plum and floral character, full body and a very long and caressing finish.

Score: 95/96James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2019

The 2018 Certan de May is a potent, brooding wine. Elevated ripeness and big tannins are two of the signatures in this decidedly ample, potent Pomerol. It will be interesting to see where élevage takes the 2018. Today, my impression is that Certan de May is one of the more pushed Pomerols of the vintage. Time will tell.

Score: 90/93Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, May 2019

70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Barrel sample.
Deep crimson. Intense pure sweet and sour cherries on the nose, amazing fruit intensity and openness on the nose, with a slight charry dark-fruited overlay. Fresh and silky on the palate, finely textured, lithe and surprisingly juicy on the finish. (JH)
Drink 2023-2032

Score: 16.5+Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2019

One of the inkier colored wines in the Moueix portfolio, the 2018 Château Certan De May checks in as 70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Offering a beautiful blueberry fruit component as well as graphite and subtle minerality, it's youthful and unevolved on the palate yet has medium to full body, present tannins, and good overall purity. It's going to need 3-4 years of bottle age, but this is another beautiful wine and possibly one of the finest to date from this château.

Score: 92/94Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, May 2019

(70 Merlot, 25 Cabernet Franc, 5 Cabernet Sauvignon) The perfume on this wine is superb, parading red fruit and spice and the palate is bright and sonorous, too. The tannins are firm and defensive and this is to be expected. There is a fairly large whack of oak here and the palate is somewhat dry on the finish, but this is a successful vintage for Certan de May.

Score: 17.5+Matthew Jukes, MatthewJukes.com, April 2019

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